Monday, April 30, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
"We wanted to be Boone Caudill and his friends Jim Deakins and Dick Summers," Kemmick writes. "In the afternoon, after our classes were over, we'd leave our dorm rooms in Duniway Hall and tramp up Hellgate Canyon. We'd build a fire in a swale not far from the river and sit there drinking quart bottles of Lucky Lager, smoking hand-rolled cigarettes and palavering in our best imitation of our new heroes, larding our speech with 'I reckon,' 'this child' and 'I'm thinkin.'" They decided to live outside like their heroes, to camp out under the stars, to live on their own, "answerable to no one ... "
Fortunately for us (readers), that plan did not work out. Instead, Kemmick became a journalist and began to write about real, living Montana characters, folks like Dobro Dick, the cowboy and wandering musician who nudged Kemmick into putting together a collection of his stories -- which he did. That collection is titled, The Big Sky, By and By: True Tales, Real People and Strange Times in the Heart of Montana.
About the book, Russell Rowland (author of In Open Spaces and The Watershed Years) writes: "Ed Kemmick has an uncanny knack for finding interesting people and bringing them to life with words."
Hear Ed Kemmick talk about and read from The Big Sky, By and By Thursday evening at 6:30 (YPRadio.org) or 7:30 (MTPR.org).
Click here to find out more about Kemmick, access links to his Web site and a review of the book, and listen to the program online.
Monday, April 23, 2012
when it blankets the mind,
* * * * *Marvin Bell is a poet and teacher. He has taught at Oregon State University, the Iowa Writer's Workshop, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Washington. He currently teaches in the writing program at Pacific University in Oregon.He has published nearly 20 books of poetry, including Drawn by Stones, by Earth, by Things That Have Been in the Fire (1984), Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems (2011), and Rampant (2004), in which the above poem appears. He served as the first poet laureate of the State of Iowa. His has also been awarded Guggenheim and National Endowment of the Arts fellowships, a Fulbright Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
by Chérie Newman
The title grabs your attention: The Man Who Quit Money. Intrigued, you open the book and read: "In the first year of the twenty-first century, a man standing by a highway in the middle of America pulled from his pocket his life savings -- thirty dollars -- laid it inside a phone booth, and walked away." He must have been on drugs or a nutcase, you think. But no, you discover, reading on: Daniel Suelo, a 39-year-old, well-educated and apparently rational man, had simply decided to act on his belief that he'd be taken care of if he followed the advice of St. Francis of Assisi: "If we embrace holy poverty very closely, the world will come to us and will feed us abundantly."
More than a decade before Suelo's life-changing decision, Mark Sundeen, the book's author, worked with him briefly in Moab, Utah. When Sundeen heard about Suelo's moneyless lifestyle, he was struck by the different paths they'd chosen. Intrigued, he tracked down his former co-worker, who was still living in the Moab area. The two men renewed their acquaintance by going dumpster diving, picking melons from an abandoned garden, and digging wild onions. It didn't take long to "harvest" enough food to last several days and pack it off to Suelo's residence: a cave situated on public lands located "a two-hour walk from pavement." Illumination inside it came from burning cotton cords floating in glass jars filled with vegetable oil, and the cooking was done on a ventilated "number-ten chili can." Living permanently on public land is illegal, and once, after Suelo was caught, he unsuccessfully argued his case before a judge. He paid his fine with hours of community service, and then settled into a smaller, more isolated cave.
Suelo has many strong opinions about capitalism and religion, which he expresses freely on his blog, accessing the Internet via a public library computer. Hostile readers have called him lazy, a freeloader, and worse. But Sundeen keeps a cool head as he weaves facts, timelines and anecdotes into a fascinating story, researching everything from Suelo's grade-school years to the history of banking. What he discovered about the defining moment in Suelo's life will give readers a lot to think about. Ultimately, Suelo decided, our attachment to money is about our fear of death: "Money perpetuated the fantasy of immortal earthly life, the illusion that we could determine the future." Sundeen concludes that, despite his critics, Suelo is still a productive citizen, a sort of "freelance philosopher." He just doesn't receive -- or want -- a paycheck.
Listen to Mark Sundeen talk about and read from The Man Who Quit Money.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Thin Kimono continues Michael Earl Craig's singular breed of brilliant absurdist poetry, utterly and masterfully slanting the realities of daily existence.
This week TWQ producer Chérie Newman talks with Michael Earl Craig ("Earl") about different types of poetry (lyric, narrative, prose... ) and his writing process. He also reads a few poems from Thin Kimono, and wonders why people keep making a certain comment, over and over again, after his readings.
Find out more about Michael Earl Craig and listen to the program, on the radio or online.
Monday, April 9, 2012
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Ralph Angel was born in Seattle and earned his BA from the University of Washington and MFA from the University of California at Irvine. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Angel has authored four volumes of poetry, including Neither World (1995), which won the James Laughlin Award, and Twice Removed (2001), in which the above poem is printed. His translation of Federico Garcia Lorca's Poem of the Deep Song won the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. Angel has also received the Pushcart Prize and a Fulbright Fellowship.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
During this week's program, Kelly will talk about why she took that trip and read from her new memoir, My Life As Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself. Part travelogue, part memoir and part social commentary, My Life as Laura shows how a relationship with a pioneer girl who lived in little houses long ago can give a sense of purpose for today.
Find out more about Kelly Kathleen Ferguson and listen to the program, on the radio or online.
Monday, April 2, 2012
astronomer, sister of William; and others.